Frequently Asked Questions

See our most common questions related to the Spain boat registration.


All nationalities can apply for the Spanish flag.

  • A passport copy
  • Proof of ownership/Sale agreement
  • Deletion certificate (If the boat was registered previously)
  • Navigability certificate
  • Boats built before 1998. A technical document of measurement in required
  • Boats built after 1998, a CE declaration certificate is required
  • Engine CE declaration certificate
  • If the boat is arriving from outside the EU, import documentation is necessary.
  • Tax payment proof

If a boat is less than 9 meters in length and has an engine with a power output of less than 8.69 kilowatts (11.74 horsepower), it will be subject to T0 tax.

A sea worthiness certificate is typically required for boats in Spain, and that the certificate is issued after a technical survey. The technical survey is carried out by a qualified surveyor who examines the boat and verifies that it is following the applicable regulations and standards.

Spanish boat registration takes 5 to 7 working days.

Yes. The Spanish boat registration document, also known as the "Certificado de Matrícula de Embarcación de Recreo" or "Certificate of Registration of Recreational Boats," is issued in paper format.

Spanish boat registration is valid for the lifetime.

Yes, we can provide you the provisional registration in 5 – 7 working days.

All the documents must be in English or Spanish language, documents in any other language must be sworn translated into Spanish. We will take care of that.

After a boat is registered in Spain, the national flag of Spain shall be flown above it.

We accept all payment methods.

We can help you with the Spanish MMSI license, please provide us the following:

  • A copy of the boat's registration document
  • A copy of Passport/ID
  • A copy of radio license or station license
  • List of the equipments installed onboard

Yes, we need the following documents to apply for the change of ownership:

  • A passport copy of the new owner
  • Notarized bill of sale between the current and new owner
  • Spanish translation of the bill of sale (We can take care of that as well)
  • Copy of registration

To unregister a vessel from the Spanish Registry, please provide us the following documents:

  • Original Spanish registration certificate (Certificado de Registro).
  • Notarized request to cancel the registration (Solicitud de baja).
  • Proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or a notarized transfer of ownership document.
  • A statement from the vessel's flag state or original registry indicating that the vessel has been removed from that registry.
  • A certificate of deletion or cancellation from the vessel's previous registry.
  • Proof of payment of any outstanding taxes or fees owed to the Spanish government.
  • Copy of the owner's passport or national ID.

If you hold a navigation permit, commonly known as a Licencia de Navegación, you may operate boats up to 6 metres long and up to two miles from the coast.

You can operate boats up to 8 meters in length up to 5 miles from the coastline with a Basic Navigation Skipper licence (Patrón de navigación básica).

You can drive boats up to 15 metres in length if you have a Recreational Boat Skipper - Patrón de Embarcaciones de Recreo (PER) licence.

With Yacht License certification, your level of navigational proficiency will rise. You will be allowed to drive boats up to 24 metres long 150 miles inland.

By adding the Captain qualification, which removes all length and navigational limits, the Yacht License licence is extended.

Yes, you can register the boat for private and commercial purposes.

Boats used for commercial purposes typically require a technical survey to ensure that they meet certain safety and performance standards.

For private boats, the requirement for a technical survey may depend on a number of factors, such as the size and age of the boat, its intended use, and the local regulations and requirements. While a technical survey may not be mandatory for all private boats in Spain, it is generally recommended as a way to ensure that the boat is safe and seaworthy.

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